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The Power of Mana!

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Story And Gameplay:

In this fantastic SNES classic you take the role of a young boy who accidentally pulls the magical Sword of Mana from a stone unleashing evil across the land and it's up to you to re-energize the sword and seal the evil away once more! The story has alot of twists and turns, but is fairly predictable. The gameplay is quite unique with real-time combat and the charge attacks that vary between weapons, characters, and how much of your charge gauge that you use. Another interesting feature is that there are over a dozen different weapons to collect and each one can be upgraded to more powerful forms with some being short ranged and others having a long-range of attack! The game also features a magic system that is bound to summon spirits that you can find at various dungeons throughout the game, though the main character can't use magic his melee damage is greater than the other characters.

The difficulty of the game steadily gets more difficult, but there are a few cases where the difficulty suddenly spikes, but grinding a few levels will usually solve this problem. The dungeon and map designs are clever albeit fairly simplistic at least early on in the game, but improves later in the game! The game is quite lengthy as well as it will likely take newcomers well over 30 hours to beat "even longer to complete 100%"!

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The controls are very simple and easy to learn in the game, but the Classic Controller Pro is the best choice for the game as the overall feel is better and the analog sticks aren't prone to breaking or sticking with the Pro model!

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Graphics And Sounds:

The graphics in Secret of Mana are quite nice and have decent textures and sprites, but the character models are rather grainy and haven't aged well. The cut-scenes also have aged poorly and could look better, but overall it does not look horrible, just not as good as it could look. The music on the other hand is quite enjoyable and has a wide variety of tracks some of which are quite catchy. The in-game sound effects are typical SNES fare, overall the soundtrack and sound effects are superb in this game!

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With an amazing story and great gameplay Secret of Mana is an excellent JRPG to add to your VC collection, and it's amazing soundtrack will have you humming the tunes! The only negative is that the graphics have not aged as well as they have in other SNES JRPG's, but that's just a minor complaint. Overall we highly recommend this game to any retro RPG fan!

Score: 8.5/10

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March 2nd 2014, 3:03 pmTheGingerDoctor
I agree, Rukiafan. This truly is a masterpiece of classic JRPGs. If only I were able to finish it before I lost all my VC games... -_-
March 3rd 2014, 1:24 pmClαππαd
Nice review boss!
Secret of Mana is such a fun RPG. Smile
March 3rd 2014, 1:56 pmAmufungal
Why is square enix becoming a mobile games developer?
None of their games come to handhelds or home consoles anymore Sad
March 5th 2014, 1:17 pmShounenMania
Sweet review man! Secret of Mana (Wii VC) 631737971
March 6th 2014, 1:24 pmGuest
This is such a beautiful review @Rukiafan! ♥
March 7th 2014, 12:35 pmTrinity33
This game is the best one of the entire series hands-down.
March 8th 2014, 7:26 pmKeAfan7
Thanks for the comments you guys! Wink
March 9th 2014, 3:04 pmDigiDestined
I love this game! Nice review @Rukiafan. Smile
April 14th 2014, 11:23 amMarioman18
GamerZack7 wrote:I agree, Rukiafan. This truly is a masterpiece of classic JRPGs. If only I were able to finish it before I lost all my VC games... -_-
I agree with this comment. @GamerZack7 what happened? Surprised
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July 16th 2014, 3:34 pmAqua Cherry Blossom
Nice review lol. Smile
This is my favourite game in the Mana series lol. Smile
July 17th 2014, 12:57 pmStaroceancrazy
Awesome review! Very Happy
This game is a classic Exclamation
July 18th 2014, 1:28 pmUlqiorrathegreat
Secret of Mana is a good game. So good review.
July 18th 2014, 8:44 pmKokorOtaku
I wonder when SE will release their games on eShop in the west? I wanna upgrade this
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